ENTER THE DEPTHS
Artist: Pendulum - Song: Crush - Word Count: 1,263
For a brief moment before her attack Yuki was able to look upon her opponent, to study his form. He was taller than she was, but then so were most people. His hair was tied up in the back into a ponytail. He also wore an outfit which resembled one she’d seen before, one which was Human and designed for combat. Or, rather, she thought it was designed for combat. It certainly seemed that way, what with its mixture of loose comfort and slim design. He also wielded an umbrella in one hand, which was certainly not typical for any Shinigami she knew.Obviously he is a Human. I suppose his spiritual energy could have told me that. Same with his scent. But why does he carry an umbrella? Is that his weapon? Weird. But I’d best not underestimate it.
The man spoke, right before she’d struck. It was an old Human saying, but she understood the meaning very well. She was not foreign to the idea, and in fact she tried her best to adhere to something akin to it whenever she did manage to get herself into a fight, but then she wasn’t perfect either. Many times she was able to pick out a specific strategy for her opponent, to strike directly at their weak points, and this often won her the day. This was not one of those times.
Yuki had expected the man to make any number of moves. If he had moved backwards then she would have partly completed her goal, shifting him towards the edge, and some space would have opened between them which she might have been able to exploit. At the very least she would have kept him on the defensive as the extra reach of her blade gave her that advantage. Had the Human leaped up into the air then he would have been vulnerable to yet another strike. If he’d utilized his umbrella then she also had a counter for that too. But none of that happened.
Instead the man had lowered himself; to her level in fact, which both surprised her and threw off the power of her swing just a tiny bit as she attempted to think up some new strategy on the fly. He was much, much faster than she was, outpacing her attack with relative ease. Everything seemed to move in slow motion as he disappeared from view, using her eyepatch against her. But that is what her tail was for, and it was being swung as her body twisted around, aiming to slam into her instructor’s body. It would never reach him, of course. Not only had he outrun her attack but he would also counter her before her secondary plan could even swing fully into action.
One hand lashed out, striking against her right wrist with enough force and precision to easily send the weapon flying from her weakened grip, especially given the momentum she’d placed into her attack. The other hand dipped below her outstretched right arm, pressing against her stomach with a gentle touch despite their situation. In that single moment it became completely clear that he was holding back by a lot.I underestimated him.
A single word was spoken. Suddenly energy erupted upwards, overpowering every inch of her body, although none of it was entirely focused in one single place. Instead it felt as though a wall had latched to the front of her body, pushing against every point of her petite figure at one time. The only focus placed within the strike was the hand which pushed against her stomach, initiating what came next.
She was lifted right off her feet and into the air, cast back over the dirt floor of their meeting area with great speed. Her body, quite light due to its stature, was perhaps sent a bit faster than might have been intended, although not by much as she slammed into the front row of the gathered crowd. Powerful muscles cushioned her impact as she slammed into a few of the Shinigami who were gathered, causing two of them to fall right back into the rest of their peers. For a few moments she was dizzy, stomach in pain and head pounding with the sudden halting of her body, but all of that was cast aside. She was incredibly tough, probably more than most if not all of the other Shinigami gathered at this location currently, and so she was very quick to get back up to her feet.Well then. Huh. This is getting interesting.
Turning Yuki reached over to help up one of the men before she again faced her instruct, hands brushing off the dirt that had accumulated upon her uniform. One of the less experienced Shinigami hustled over to hand her the weapon that had been discarded, prompting her to lower her head in thanks to him before he ran off to return to the gathered group. Now she was eager to hear what the man had to say, paying full attention to his words.
Every observation made was correct. In such close quarters she could have reigned supreme if it were not for the Zanpakutō she wielded. She should have struck with her hands; however she’d been too insecure and too heavily focused upon forcing the man away from herself. Her family’s style of Hakuda might have given her the element of surprise, and that might have been enough for victory. His observation concerning her eye patch was spot on. It cut out a portion of her vision on the left side of her body. He also had a point concerning their division: they often went straight into whatever challenge presented itself in front of them, although Yuki’s plan in this particular case was to use that for an element of surprise. And finally, she’d not expected him at all to lower himself to her level. All in all it was a very valuable lesson, and he’d only needed a single move to demonstrate it.This man is a genius. I am sorry strawberries. You will need to wait a little longer. But at least I am excited now!
A gentle movement stirred within her tail, jolting it from one side to the next in anticipation for more lessons. Better still, they had an uneven amount of people, and she’d been chosen to practice with the master! Was it even possible for her to be any happier right now? Yes, yes it was, but this was still very nice even in comparison.
As she reached her instructor Yuki came to a stop, her staring eye locking upon his gaze while she quietly listened to his next words. It was very clear that this man was not only taking it easy, but that he was also being incredibly patient with them. A remark was made towards her and in response the young wolf quickly shifted her blade around, sheathing it seamlessly at her left hip. He was right of course. Hakuda would be best here.
Both hands were lifted in front of her body, palms out and fingers curled ever so slightly. She had tiny claws but they were also very easy to miss, which might have been an advantage against a less observant opponent. Even so, she had to use whatever means possible if she had any hopes of actually sending this man out from within the circle he’d created.Alright. Be smart about this.
For the moment her eye darted from one point to another while she carefully plotted her next move.